Reactions have greeted the choice of Sen Kashim Shettima as the running mate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu announced Shettima, on Sunday, July 10, 2022, as his ruling party’s vice presidential candidate, in Daura, Katsina state shortly after paying a Sallah visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shettima is a Senator representing Borno Central District in the nation’s Upper Chamber. He was a two-term governor in Borno state.
His emergence as Tinubu’s running mate has ignited a debate on social media, especially on Twitter where some quarters believe the APC national leader has shot himself in the leg for choosing another Muslim as his vice, known as a Muslim-Muslim ticket in Nigeria’s politics.
The argument on Twitter flawed Tinubu’s audacity to opt for a Muslim-Muslim ticket, a move his two major challenges in the next year’s presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) flag bearers, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi respectively avoided, in their bid to win the hearts of Nigerians at the polls.
While some tweeps raised the issue that Chibok girls were kidnapped under Shettima’s watch as a governor in terrorism-laden Borno state in 2014, others concluded that former Lagos governor’s decision left them with two options: Atiku and Obi in the presidential race.
Below are a few of Nigerians’ reactions on Twitter:
A Muslim-Muslim ticket is an insult to fairness, equity and justice. It is see finish. It is impunity of the worst kind.
It is disrespect to people of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
It shows they have little regards for people and think their structure is more valuable.
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) July 10, 2022
Tinubu picked Shettima, making the APC a Muslim Muslim ticket. We are not voting for ethnicity or religion. We are voting for MERIT. We are voting against Corruption, ASUU Strikes, Hunger & Poverty, National Grid Collapses, Mad Insecurity, Crazy Inflation, etc. AM I MAKING SENSE?
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) July 10, 2022
Now that Tinubu has picked Shettima as his running mate. I hope we can all see his insensitivity by going for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in a multi religious country like Nigeria. Is he trying to tell us there’s no capable Christian from the north?
Anyways, we’ll meet at the polls
— Chigozie I. Alex 4 Peter Obi🇳🇬 (@ChigozieIAlex) July 10, 2022
A Muslim Muslim ticket? God forbid BATing. I want to apologize for ever supporting Tinubu on this app and in real life. Now that the damage has not been done yet i am with a great sense of love joining the OBDIENT movement now. ObiDati Here We Go for a secure mission ❤️ 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/hnZaDeRVqJ
— Big Ben 🇳🇬 (@Hon_Tenacious) July 10, 2022
A Muslim Muslim ticket is a subtle way of saying “do your worst”. An own-goal by the APC.
— Adewale Adetona (@iSlimfit) July 10, 2022
I say NO to a Muslim-Muslim ticket and we can’t be saying No to a Muslim-Muslim ticket on ground of fairness, equity and justice and still support a northern candidate or APC.
This is more reason we all should support a southern candidate this time and that person is Peter Obi.
— Nabir Abdulsamad 🇺🇸 (@NabirAbduls) July 10, 2022
Tinubu running a Muslim Muslim ticket by choosing Shettima is his choice. He believes Muslims alone in the SW & the North can give him his Victory. Nigeria finally belongs to Muslims alone according to APC. Everyone vote your choice. Thank God there is a third candidate in Obi.
— Abiodun Daniel (@biodunalexa) July 10, 2022